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Bright futures for Trafford’s work programme alumni
8:00am Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
SIX students from Trafford are on the path to a brighter future, after completing a year-long work experience placement with Trafford Housing Trust.
The pupils, from Lostock College and Flixton Girls’ School, all studying for their GCSEs, spent one day per week during term time on the placement, working with the housing organisation’s finance and human resources teams.
The programme immersed the students in the world of work, giving them practical, hands-on experience at a busy organisation which provides affordable housing and related services to local people.
The scheme was part of the wider Bright Futures Project, which allows more than one hundred people, mainly in Manchester, to gain experience of the workplace through year-long placements.
The project was founded by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of the Bright Futures Educational Trust.
Inspired by a visit to Chicago in 2008, Dana was introduced to the Cristo Rey schools – quality educational establishments that offer education and real-life work experience for underrepresented urban youth. Dana set up the pilot for Bright Futures in September 2009.
Elaine Johnson, managing director of localities for Trafford Housing Trust said: “We really enjoyed having the students with us, and watching their confidence and skills grow over the year as they experienced regular interaction with people in a working environment.
“We decided to get involved in the project to give young people in Trafford a real taste of work, from which they could make informed decisions about their futures. We hope their time with us gave them an insight into different types of jobs and expanded their career aspirations.
“They have now all returned to education full-time to concentrate on the final year of their GCSEs. We wish them well and hope that we may see some of them again when they start looking for employment opportunities at the end of full time education.”
All graduates from the wider Bright Futures Project recently gathered for a celebration event at the University of Manchester.
Amanda Bailey, CEO of the Bright Futures Project, said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to see all the hard work our students have put in over the last year come to fruition. Bright Futures Project is making a real difference to the futures of these young people.”
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